'Birdman' tops Oscars defined by advocacy, originality (with list of winners)

LOS ANGELES – Hollywood is smarter than you thought. Whether by design or chance, the 87th Academy Awards elegantly and subtly shifted the tone of the season from a reductive fixation on snubs and fact-checking to a positive celebration of original filmmaking and purposeful advocacy for causes as diverse as immigration, suicide and equal rights.

SAG Awards win sends 'Birdman' Oscar hopes soaring

Oscar hopes for "Birdman" got an enormous updraft over the weekend with big wins from the acting and producing guilds, possibly sending the comedy soaring over the perceived Academy Awards front-runner "Boyhood."

Algonquin native goes home on 'The Bachelor,' 'learns a lot' about reality TV

Algonquin native Trina Scherenberg went on "The Bachelor" thinking she'd live a little.

Algonquin native goes home on 'The Bachelor'

Trina Scherenberg's journey on "The Bachelor" has ended.

Another rose for Algonquin native Trina Scherenberg on 'The Bachelor'

Trina Scherenberg, an Algonquin native and former special education teacher for Crystal Lake South High School, will return for a third episode of "The Bachelor."

'Boyhood' tops Globes; 'Grand Budapest' upsets 'Birdman' (With list of the winners)

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — The Golden Globes inched closer to legitimacy in its 72nd show, giving awards not just to A-List celebrities, but to the edgier productions that unequivocally deserved recognition, including "Boyhood," ''The Grand Budapest Hotel," and "Birdman."

Downey, 'Big Bang' win big at People's Choice Awards

LOS ANGELES – Robert Downey Jr. was seeing double at the People's Choice Awards.

One McHenry County native remains on ‘The Bachelor’

Of the two McHenry County natives on "The Bachelor," only Trina Scherenberg remains.

McHenry County natives to appear on 'The Bachelor'

Two McHenry County natives are among those vying for the heart of “The Bachelor” when the ABC reality show premieres at 7 p.m. Jan. 5.

'Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer' turns 50

Just like the song, he's gone down in history. But that's not why the reindeer with his nose so bright was created.

Historian shares story of beloved TV special

UNION – Rick Goldschmidt isn’t one for mincing words. He became the historian and archivist for Rankin/Bass Productions Inc. out of appreciation for the integrity and skill the New York production company exemplified when creating iconic holiday specials such as “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “Frosty The Snowman,” “Little Drummer Boy” and “The Year Without a Santa Claus.”

HBO, Showtime dominate Globes TV nods

NEW YORK – HBO and Showtime dominated the television nominations for Golden Globe awards Thursday, illustrating how the archrival pay cable networks have evolved to have very specific strengths.

Rudolph display, speaker celebrates TV special in Union

UNION – The McHenry County Historical Society & Museum celebrates two landmark anniversaries related to Rudoph the Red-Nosed Reindeer at its annual, free Christmas Open House on Dec. 6.

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